April 19, 2016
Two student organizations within Susquehanna University's Sigmund Weis School of Business (SWSB) have garnered national recognition.
Susquehanna's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business school honor society, has once again received Highest Honors recognition among the 500-plus collegiate chapters. Additionally, Susquehanna's Enactus team won its 12th regional competition March 29 in Washington, D.C., allowing the team to represent the university at nationals.
The Highest Honors distinction is reserved for the top 20 percent of chapters internationally. Beta Gamma Sigma chapters are available only to business schools that have earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Susquehanna is one of a few undergraduate-only liberal arts and sciences universities in the world to have achieved AACSB accreditation, and is the only such school in Pennsylvania to have a Beta Gamma Sigma chapter. Its chapter, established in 1994, nominates for membership only the top 10 percent of Sigmund Weis School of Business students.
Susquehanna's Enactus team competed in one of seven leagues at the U.S. Regional Competition, presenting what the group has accomplished within the year. This year, students presented four projects:
- Business Book Bags: The team created original coloring books, translated them into Spanish, and had a member of the team distribute them to children in a poverty-stricken town in Peru.
- Seals' Den: The team helped disabled students in the Selinsgrove community expand their Seals' Cafe business at the Selinsgrove Area High School by creating an inventory system that the students can use to track purchases.
- Green Efforts Initiative: The team generated the campus' first-ever gallon of biodiesel fuel and obtained approval to create a biodiesel plant on campus.
- Women's Empowerment: The team held a panel discussion series at a local women's shelter to inspire women to pursue a career that would help them to lead independent lives. The team also collected lightly worn business-casual and formal clothing to give to the shelter and provided financial assistance to a woman who wanted to pursue higher education.
Enactus members will travel to St. Louis, Mo., to compete at the U.S. National Exposition in May.